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Ushers Ferry Historic Village

Address: 5925 Seminole Valley Tr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Phone Number: +1 319-286-5763
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Cedar Rapids
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Ushers Ferry Historic Village provides the citizens of Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa with a venue...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Ushers Ferry Historic Village provides the citizens of Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa with a venue for family friendly activities, events and programs that build community from the historical perspective of a small Iowa town at the turn of the 20th century. Located on a ten acre site in beautiful Seminole Valley Park, Ushers Ferry features 20 historic buildings that depict life in a small Iowa town between the years of 1890 and 1910. The village features approximately 20 historic buildings, a picnic pavilion, bandstand, and a Lodge banquet facility capable of seating up to 300 persons at tables and chairs. The village offers school tours, special events and educational programs throughout the year and is available for weddings and corporate or private party rentals. Ushers Ferry is open to the public for touring June-August, Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.M. - 4:00 P.M. Call for more information on off-season hours and availability.

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English first
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We arrived at this small village not knowing it was closed for the season but it did not matter to the staff there who opened up all of the buildings for us and answered any questions we had. Very nice way to spend the day

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Kentwood, Michigan, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Usher;'s Ferry is a reconstructed 1800's village. It is very well done and set up nicely. There are a variety of homes and businesses to explore. A couple of the shops were not open which was disappointing, but it was a fun way to spend the morning.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Not an actual village, but a collection of historic buildings from around Iowa brought to one location. Quiet and enjoyable - a very interesting glimpse back at life in the area in the 1800s to early 1900s. Sometimes runs events (but I was not there for one). About an hour or so will allow you to wander around.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

What a great family outing place. Love the park next to it called Seminole Valley.Great place to take the kids to learn about how they lived back in the 1800's and earlier maybe. Check it out!!!!

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Vinton, IA USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I haven't been here since the flood, but it had a great collection of old buildings and artifacts. Different functions take place through out the summer and fall. An enjoyable place to visit.

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Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

kind of Improv meets Sergio Leone in the corn. Walk up to the Sheriff and ask questions of him as though you are a citizen of this nasty little river village. He will play along. As long as you stay within the parameters of this ... waiting for God to?.......... you'll have some fun. Ask Sheriff about the ladies of... More 

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Sigourney, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I met my sister there several years ago...They were celebrating a special day or year....While going through the school house & the family home...we were reminicing about so many of the items that we remembered using back in the early 40's etc..As we were leaving the home, A young couple with several young children stopped us and said "THANK YOU"... More 

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Kimberling City, Missouri
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

For many years I have donated my personal time to assisting at Ushers Ferry and have thoroughly enjoyed this investment of love. From painting historical buildings, to leading the singing of carols in the church at Christmas time, to reading children's stories in the sweltering heat of summer donned in chain mail and tunic, I wish to thank the Ushers... More 

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Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This little historic village is a collection of houses from yesterday - the volunteers are informative and connect the visitor to a past era. It's a bit of a chore to locate, though.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We went here for the candlelight walk in the fall of 2011. Ushers Ferry is not what it used to be before the flood of 2008, however that being said, they have really done a good job of restoring some of the original buildings that weren't carried away in the flood waters. Most of the trinkets and such were also... More 

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